Sunday, May 4, 2014

DIY Poker Table

Recently, the urge struck me to do something with my hands.  I've been told this isn't uncommon in tech circles.  Many of my coworkers have their own "hands on" hobbies - woodworking, biking, roasting coffee, music, etc.  In the end, my table turned out like this:
Back to the beginning, I needed some plans.  I browsed the net, taking bits of a few different designs, and ended up designing a 10 person table with a lighted, raised rail.  The majority of the table is built using 3/4" maple plywood.
I documented the entire build process in an imgur album.  If you want to have a go at it and the pictures don't explain the process well enough, feel free to leave a comment and I'll try to clarify.  There are a bit many steps to go through  each one here.

In the end, I spent a little over $500, plus the cost of the tools I needed but didn't yet have.  A mostly-complete list of materials and their prices is available here.